Chris Kinsey works for Hurst, (www.hurst.co.uk) a firm of accountants with offices in Stockport, Manchester and London. He is currently completing a higher apprenticeship in accountancy with Damar, at the end of which he will be a fully qualified AAT Accounting Technician. Here’s his story so far.
What led you choose an apprenticeship after high school, rather than university?
I didn’t particularly enjoy full-time education, but I was still keen to learn, so I opted to complete an apprenticeship and joined Hurst when I was 17.
After doing some research into the different types of career out there, I decided that accountancy was for me and, luckily, Damar Training was able to offer me an apprenticeship with Hurst straight away.
What does your role as an apprenticeship at Hurst entail?
I started my apprenticeship three years ago and I’m now approaching the end of my training for my AAT accounts qualifications. After lots of hard work, I’m on track to become a fully qualified Accounting Technician by the end of 2015, which is really exciting!
I work in an internal accounts role and operate alongside senior partner, Narendra Mistry. Being able to work closely with such an experienced member of staff has built my confidence hugely. I’ve been put in a position of great trust and responsibility, something that I didn’t expect to be doing as an apprentice.
What will you do after your apprenticeship?
Following this, I’m hoping to remain at Hurst and continue my professional training. In the next five years, I’d like to think that I’ll be a fully qualified chartered accountant. If things continue as they are, I’ve no doubt that I’ll get there!
What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?
It’s definitely got to be the ability to instantly apply skills I’ve learnt during my training to my work. I always felt frustrated at school, as I was learning things that I knew wouldn’t be of any use until I got a job. It’s great to see the direct impact my training has on the business on a day-to-day basis.
What has been your personal highlight of your apprenticeship?
My personal highlight would be receiving the award for Damar Student of the Month and being shortlisted for the Association of Accounting Technician’s Apprentice of the Year award.
Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for a chosen career path?
I’d advise any school leaver to ensure they have a clear plan on how to achieve their chosen career path. There are so many opportunities out there, so it’s important to do lots of research into what’s right for them and how they can develop further.
Simon Brownbill, Partner and Director of Practice Development at Hurst, said: “Chris’ recent award proves that he’s been a great addition to our team. The support that Damar has given Chris throughout his course has been second to none, and he’s well on his way to becoming a fully qualified AAT Accounting Technician.”